Mountain Mail: 1/30/19
We’re back! It was a busy start to the new year and it is hard to believe we are already at the end of January!
At school we are now settling into the rhythm of our music trimester; as I type the sound of drumming is all around me… Every student is taking three core classes: performance, dance and music history and appreciation. They have also chosen from a variety of classes to take as electives: ukulele, piano, drumming, vocals, songwriting, and electronic music! We look forward to hearing what they come up with as the weeks unfold.
We also have other electives rounding out this trimester; on Monday and Tuesday you will find students in either sewing, knitting, drawing, creative writing, cooking or woodwork. Campus is a busy place!! Stayed tuned for photos of all the happenings in future MMs.
January saw our Navigation Unit, our trip to the snow at Angelus Oaks, more great lunches, and my birthday!!
Hope you enjoy this visual ride through the month….
Read all the way to the end for important dates and Friday’s field trip.
Beautiful offerings from our parents…..
Wendy (Aubrey’s mom) (along with her chickens) makes eggs a work of art! They taste incredible too.
Deborah, whose Tuesday lunch fare is so well loved and received, (your kids are eating heartily and healthily) is making fresh pasture-raised bone broth with organic veggies and Himalayan pink salt.
$10/quart - And all proceeds go back into the TMS lunch program! Its a win win!!
The first two weeks of January saw us immersed in navigation. Students spent their mornings planning and learning and the afternoons executing their skills. And we didn’t lose anyone!
FUN OUTSIDE AT ALPINE MEADOWS….
FUN INSIDe: GAMES FOR KIDS, REPORT CARDS FOR STAFF!!
FRIDAY 2/1 - MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE
Drop off and pick up at school, regular times. Carpools as usual. Packed lunch, water bottles and appropriate attire.
Message from our Wendy and Wendy… This is a supervised, parent run dance. Students can bring friends but we do ask for them to get approval first and provide a signed waiver for any non TMS student attending. Last year's dance was great fun...let's make this 2019 Valentine's Day Dance unforgettable! Your organizers this year are Wendy Hecht and Wendy Rissman. We would so appreciate your participation to help us make this dance a success.
We need volunteers for:
Chaperones (5) dress warmly as we will be outside much of the time
Decorators for setup (4) please begin at 3:30 p.m., some heavy table lifting
Sound system setup (1)
Clean up crew (4) which will begin at 9:00 sharp, more heavy table lifting
Please contact Wendy Rissman at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up
School dismissal on February 14th is as usual at 3:30 p.m. Since the party begins at 7 p.m., please feed your kids dinner prior. Snacks and treats will be available at the dance. The students can dress in their nicest attire. Tickets are $15.00 which will cover all costs. Please remit by February 7th. Thanks so much!
IT IS TIME TO GET BACK OUT THERE AND ENJOY SUNDAY FUN WITH TMS…..
SAVE THE DATE - SUN 3/3 COMMUNITY HIKE AND BIKE
DETAILS TO FOLLOW - VALLEY EXCURSION.
HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!
COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS CLOSE TO OUR HEART
Christina Sibul… alumni parent has just produced this movie…
I was wondering if I could invite the TMS kids to a test screening of a movie I just produced. It's a rough cut, but we're looking for feedback from teenagers to help us figure out what plays and what doesn't. It has some pretty severe issues addressed in it -- bullying, teen obesity, depression and suicide, but the movie is mostly comedic in tone (there is a suicide attempt portrayed in it though). The movie is unrated, but is a safe PG-13 -- no nudity, no real swearing. It's adapted from a Young Adult Novel by the same name BUTTER, by Erin Jade Lange, and here's the brief plot of the movie: A lonely obese teenager everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death, live on the Internet, and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans?
And for our younger students….. from our friend Peter Alsop.